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Dementia is defined as a general term for memory loss and mental abilities that are severe enough to interfere with activities of daily living. These signs and symptoms are caused by actual physical changes in the brain.

To be clear about dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia, but it is specifically diagnosed by slow progression of brain disease. This disease is marked by deposits of the protein fragment beta-amyloid (plaques) and twisted strands of the protein tau (tangles) in addition to nerve cell damage and tissue death in the brain.

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